Ed Clancy won his second medal of the 2012 Games when he added omnium bronze to his team pursuit gold. Great Britain’s eighth cycling medal of these games.
Sat in fifth place after five events Clancy got himself back on to the podium with a staggering ride in the kilometre time trial, the final event in the omnium.
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At the end of two days of racing, that came after three rounds in the team pursuit, Ed Clancy stopped the clock at 1:00.981 seconds – just two tenths of a second off Chris Hoy’s Olympic record set when he won Olympic gold in Athens 2004.
“Yeah, that is quite quick!” He said when informed of his time, an hour after the race had finished. “I’ve had the form of my life in the team pursuit. The [individual] pursuit blew my mind,” he said. “I never thought I’d do that mid omnium, it was a crazy time.”
“I kind of thought I could go fast [in the kilo]. By the time I got up there I was in the zone; smash the first lap, float the second lap and then hang on for grim death.”
Clancy finished on 30 points, just three short of winner Lasse Hansen of Denmark who led coming in to the kilo. Second place for him secured him the gold. “It feels weird. I still cannot believe it. It’s so unreal. It’s the biggest thing that you can ever achieve for an omnium rider, so it’s just a crazy feeling,” Hansen said. “It’s a really cool feeling, being an Olympic champion. Only the third one for Denmark. The other one (gold) was for two guys in rowing. It feels weird, but fantastic.” Bryan Coquard of France won the silver.
“I thought it would be fourth place and a bit of disappointment,” said Clancy. “That’s why I was so happy to get a medal in the end. When I think about the big picture, looking back on this, it will be awesome.”
Current omnium world champion Glenn O’Shea finished out of the medals in fifth to continue a disappointing cycling program for Australia so far. Martyn Irvine, the only Irish rider competing on the track in London, finished in 13th place on 64 points.
Although Clancy only views this as a bonus event it’s only human to let a few ‘what ifs’ creep in. 21 of his 30 points (the rider with the lowest points tally wins) came from two events, the points and the scratch. He won the flying lap and kilometre and was second in the individual pursuit. Fifth in the elimination race kept him in the hunt, but 11th in the points race and 10th in the scratch were his undoing.
Victoria Pendleton booked her place in the women’s sprint quarter finals after moving through the rounds with apparent ease.
Victoria Pendleton dismisses Willy Kanis in the sprint
Victoria Pendleton in sprint
Clancy in scratch race
Awang and Kenny
Clancy in the kilometre time trial
Omnium bronze for Clancy
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